If you've overdosed on cupcakes and are bored of brunch, why not opt for a spot of traditional afternoon tea? We're talking crisp white tablecloths, fine china and cucumber sandwiches. Twinings have teamed up with a number of venues across the country to provide exactly this and Brides was lucky enough to be invited to enjoy the experience at London's Criterion restuarant dining rooms, an oasis of calm in the centre of Piccadilly, which oozes old-school decadence with its grand gilt and marble interior.
Choose between twenty different teas - from Signature Earl Grey infused with lavender and Second Flush Assam, to the Jin Shang Tian Hua, a green flowering tea that unfurls before your eyes in a glass teapot - and if that's not enough to quench your thirst, there's always the glass of house Champagne to add to the package. A tea timer is brought to the table to ensure optimal brewing time, along with a selection of the classics - finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and delicious homemade jam, cakes and tarts - all presented on a pretty silver cake stand. The perfect antidote to an exhausting day of wedding planning, or a great way to start a hen party in style.
Traditional afternoon tea £29
Traditional champagne afternoon tea £36
Find out more at www.criterionrestaurant.com or www.twinings.co.uk.